A quick hike on the way back from South Lake.
Great day with my wife and our two Labs.
Snow the entire way. Snowshoed in behind three skiers. Just the four of us on the mountain that day. All the way in and to the top, there in the snow, for a month of posterity to see, were two clean ski tracks, and right next to them the prints of the abominable snowman.
With Ann. Strong winds, especially from the West summit onwards. If the Cascade volcanoes aren't loose enough for you, come to Round Top... All in all, a fun day out, but I'd far rather spend time on granite, even the loose stuff. Crescent Moon looks like a winner though! Have to come back for it.
Calling the West Ridge a "walk-up" is misleading. It's Class 2 until you get to the West summit. Getting from the West summit to the East (true) summit, is the crux of the route, and if you haven't made it to the East summit - well - then you haven't summited Round Top, sorry guys...
Getting to the summit involves negotiating very loose scree slopes, some with undesirable, cliffy runouts in the distance. How confident are you in stopping a slide on scree? It also involves Class 3 (the route we took was more like Class 4) scrambling on rock to mount the summit mound with virtually no protection opportunities, and it's not unusual for your foothold to give way or for your handhold to find itself sitting squarely in your hand, no longer attached to the rock, if you don't pick and test carefully.
There is a rappel/belay pole a few steps down from the summit marker if you want to make your descent safer and skip the crux downclimb. I bounce tested it and it seemed solid. The rappel is low angle/load too. A 30m rope is enough to get you past the difficult section, almost to the base of the summit mound.
This is great local climb and always a pleasure. Very cold and windy conditions that day but still a lot of fun.
Made it to the saddle then took the faint trail along the west side and climbed about 100 ft until I realized I took the wrong route. Backtracked and found the trail to the summit along the north side. Good scramble. Continued on to Sisters. By the way it costs 5 dollars a day now to park at the trailhead(Carson Pass).
Fun scramble with friends.
Normally I don't sign a summit log unless I top out, but since I used this route to summit in March '06 I'll make an exception. Met several SPers at the Carson Pass parking lot. Everyone had different objectives, and I had a hard time restriction. Thus at noon I had to descend from 10,000' from the West Ridge via splitboard to make my appointment. Snow was excellent, not quite 'cornflakes' for nearly 1,500. Will have to return for the Crescent Couloir!
Fun easy scramble. Great views. Want to go back and try crescent moon couloir.
Not too bad a scramble.
little scramble at the top but easy and fun!